The sexual relationship between two men; one of significantly older age, and one younger (many cases, they’re still what is considered “boys”). (Halperin)

  • biggest historical example would be the common pederasty in ancient Greece, where the sexual system was much different
    • in that, pederasty is incredibly important to note, as it was a good example of how an older sexual system worked, in terms of power and dominance, as compared to how it is now
      • one one hand, it shows that sexual systems are not static, and change over time, region by region
      • on the other hand, residual effects are still prevalent in society today, in both homosexual relationships (think NAMBLA) and heterosexual relationships (Lolita, every single fetishization of young girls ever)

Harlem Renaissance

Cultural, social, and artistic period between WWI and the mid-1930’s; prominent in the rise of Black artists, writers, poets, musicians, scholars- also an important factor in early-contemporary Queer culture (especially Black Queer culture). (Garber, “Spectacle In Color”)

  • really, really important to note, as literary and artistic movements are rarely ever based on anything culturally outside of the threshold of White, or Euro-centric
    • let along anything non-White and queerharlem-renaissance-important_7d6c43067a02287b

trans misogyny

“the way cissexism and misogyny intersect in the lives of trans women and others on the trans female/feminine spectrum” (Serrano, 45)

By definition, trans* women are women, and still experience the short end of the social sexist stick, along with the oppression they face as trans individuals.1557622_10102023420725450_1097947095_n


“where masculine gender expression is viewed as more legitimate than feminine gender expression” (Serrano, 44)

Femininity, as a whole, is generally seen as inferior. At a basal state, it is the underlying factor that drives sexism, homophobia,  and transphobia (as all emphasize the feminine), along with hypermasculinity.